Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Birthday To Us!

A Post By Jonathan

Hold the phone everybody 'cause I've got an announcement to make. Drum roll please. More cowbell! Okay, okay, that'll do. Geesh, someone really likes their cowbell... Believe it or not, Across the Board turns a year old today! That's right, cue the confetti, put on your party hats, blow your kazoos (or whatever they call those little curly horn thingies) and celebrate good times, come on!

Technically our first post was on October 6th, 2014, so we're a little late to the party, but since this is my first and only post this month, and no one else has decided to point out this enormously momentous occasion, I wanted to take my time in the spotlight to say Happy Birthday "to us!"

And, like many an awkward office party before it, I thought I'd mark our anniversary by handing out some awards (to give me some more material to work with for October, 2016, I figured I'd recognize our four founding members this year).

The Dear Leader Award: Stephen Kozeniewski

From the outside looking in, Across the Board might seem like a well oiled machine, where our eight bloggers post every Monday and Thursday without the slightest hiccup. But it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and more than a little coordination, to keep this spiffy little writing site chug-chug-chugging along. Though he likely won't admit it, but I know my fellow Boarders would agree, the glue holding this jalopy together is none other than our dear leader, Stephen Kozeniewski.

With encouraging, weekly emails that never falter, Stephen keeps us on task and on schedule so that we're always providing quality content to our dear readers. So dear readers, thank our dear leader... I know we do.

P.S. North Korea, if you're reading this, please don't threaten to shut us down for using Kim Jung Il-like imagery. Please!


The Longevity Award: Kimberly G. Giarratano

I don't know if you knew this, Kimberly, but you have been posting longer than anyone else on the blog! Your first post (and Across The Board's second post) was on October 13th, 2014, making you the oldest person here.

Congratulations! And nice downward-facing dog, or whatever that pose is...

The Content Queen Award: Carrie Beckort

Carrie, you have posted more words on Across The Board than any other blogger. That makes you a) awesome and b) the Content Queen! Congratulations! Keep calm and post on!

P.S. I have no idea what this image has to do with being the Content Queen (though I feel like there's an Alice in Wonderland reference in there somewhere), but I just had to give it to you. You know, awkward office party and all... Anyway, enjoy the cake!

The Book Worm Award: Brianna Lebrecht

This may seem like an obvious one for our resident reader, but what awkward office party would be complete without a visit from Captain Obvious? You've definitely posted more about books than anyone else on Across The Board, Brianna, but I'm pretty sure you've read more books than any of us too. If not, what kind of resident reader would you be, huh?

Congrats and way to devour those hardbacks!

Thanks for joining me in this celebration, all. Here's to another amazing year. Now back to your cubicles!


Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

Happy Blogiversary to us! I wonder if I can squeeze a prezzie out of this.

Jonathan Schramm said...

Happy Blogiversary, Kimberly!

Carrie Beckort said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Thanks for being on top of it, Jonathan! Also thanks for your positive spin on my longest word count award - here I just assumed I was too long winded!! And while I agree that I have no idea what that graphic has to do with being a content queen, I love it :-)

Tara said...

Woohoo! A whole year old. While I would probably win the "quiet lurker" award I love reading all the posts and writing for ATB. Congrats on a full year in "business"!

Brenda St John Brown said...

Congratulations on the full year and thank you for letting me join you earlier this year! Is it wrong to be over here hoping if I ever meet you guys in person that I find Stephen really does resemble this photo and Kimberly can hold that pose?

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

I enjoyed this celebration. And the promise of further "awards" to come for our newer members intrigues me further...

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Happy Blog birthday!!

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